Sword, scabbard and tassel

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Steel, brass, fish skin; metal
Overall: 39 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. ( 99.1 x 10.8 x 8.9 cm )
etched: on reverse of blade below hilt: "FIRMIN / & SONS / LIMITED / 15[3?] / STRAND / LONDON"
Sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with three-quarter length fuller and etched designs on obverse and reverse; brass half-basket hilt with blank shield incorporated into openwork design on obverse side and short quillon with disk finial; grips covered in gray fish skin and wrapped with wire; stepped oval pommel with ball finial and backstrap with molded loops and chevrons; ferrule at base of grips; white metal scabbard with brass mounts consisting of upper band with carrying ring, middle band with carrying ring, and tip with asymmetrical drag.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this is a field officer's sword used by the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, between 1870 and 1905.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York, through Major Kenneth Miller
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group